5 Must Do Things In Macau On The Cheap

During our last visit, Macau has surprised us with many things such as enormous skyscrapers with fancy design, delicious egg tarts, poor areas located just in front of posh casinos, stunning Portuguese architecture, bakeries and coffee shops located everywhere, the smell of smoked pork meat in the street and the whole city being closed till 11 am.

Chinese lanterns hanging on Macau buildings.
Chinese lanterns hanging on Macau buildings

 

Although Macau is perceived by many as one of the most expensive places to visit, there are still plenty of budget-friendly activities you can enjoy here. Actually, we found more free spots to sightsee in Macau than in Hong Kong! Whether you are travelling with kids, friends or solo, there are few things that, in our opinion, must be done when visiting the Las Vegas of China.

1. Taste Egg Tarts. 

Our culinary experience in Macau on the cheap was one of the most unforgettable things we have done here. For us, travel foodies, there is nothing better than trying new food and mixing different flavors. Macau, without a doubt, is a place where you will appreciate a great mixture of Portuguese and Chinese cuisine, well known for its steamed or boiled seafood, grilled and roasted pork/ beef, egg tarts and seaweed egg rolls.

Delicious egg tart
Delicious egg tart

 

Pastéis de nata- known as egg tarts, are one of the most common local delicacies. They are creamy, soft and delicious and taste best hot. You can have them with a glass of Portuguese red wine or an espresso!

2. Stroll down the Senado Square.

Senado Square Macau
Senado Square in the afternoon. Not very busy and still charming.

 

Senado Square is Macau’s urban center where all big events and national holiday celebrations take part. When in Macau, it’s definitely a must see place for two reasons.

Senado Square Macau at night
Senado Square at night

 

Firstly, it’s a cozy and laid back place where you can relax, stroll down the streets admiring wave-patterned mosaic colored stones and Portuguese styled windows and walls and drink a nice Portuguese espresso on a sunny day.

A girl and a boy are at Senado Square
Me and Cez exploring the Senado Square
two cups of Starbucks coffee
Having an iced frappuccino from Starbucks – must do!

 

Secondly, the whole square looks stunning at night! Are you travelling with a partner and looking for a romantic spot? Here it is!

 3. Play poker at Casino. 

Gambling is the main reason Macau attracts its visitors. Since 1847, when gambling was officially legalized, the place has been attracting millions of people (over 27 millions last year) who mostly come here for gambling.

Casino Lisboa in Macau
Casino Lisboa in Macau

 

The casinos, springing up like mushrooms after the rain, have had a massive impact on island’s architectural and cultural development  Once you go there, you can notice how posh and glamorous the city is and while strolling down the streets at night you will feel like in Las Vegas.

Chinese losing their money in casino
Chinese trying to win some money in casino

 

We recommend to have a set budget for gambling before entering a casino, and sticking to it. Alternatively, best way to play poker with less risk of going overboard is to do it online.

4. Explore Ruins of St.Paul.

Ruins of St. Paul are the highlight of Macau.

Ruins of St.Paul
Ruins of St.Paul

 

These 17th century ruins are the main touristic attraction of this place.

Ruins of St.Paul
Closer look at Ruins of St.Paul

 

Although the place is incredibly crowded every day, there is no excuse to grab a tour guide, walk there and learn some stuff about Portuguese history, architecture and art.

Busy Ruins of St.Paul
Look how busy this place is!

 

 5. Get to Monte Forte and see Macau from above.

Monte Forte is a famous Macau fort which features a public park, an observatory and the Macau Museum. Built in the 16th century, it was used as a military base.

On top of Monte Forte
On top of Monte Forte

 

It is located a few meters walking distance from the famous ruins of St. Paul Church so you can visit these two attractions at once! Monte Forte is being preserved perfectly and it is open to visitors every day (free of charge). You can enjoy a stunning view over Macau from here!

Macau landscape seen from the top of Monte Forte
Macau landscape seen from the top of Monte Forte

 

Now tell us that Macau is expensive…

What would be your favourite must-do thing in Macau? Craving egg tarts or maybe a romantic walk through Senado Square?

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